Magical Octopus

Magical Riso

Book coverMagical Octopus
Book coverMagical Octopus
Book coverMagical Octopus
Book coverMagical Octopus

As last year’s fourth Magical Riso Biennale was unable to proceed live, this book is in fact a product of the coronavirus measures. Indisputably one of the few positive aspects of the pandemic. All aspects of the book’s production have been tackled with great professionalism. Instead of actually meeting, the best Risograph printers in the world were invited to collaborate on a joint publication.

The jury was unanimous in the view that this publication is more than merely an overview of what the cream of the current Riso community have to offer. The clear editorial decision alone to give each participant source material by artist Miek Zwamborn to work with, has resulted in an extremely interesting book. No mean feat purely in terms of organisation: just try assembling all this material, supplied from all over, in such a sound way. In addition, the book has a very attractive paper cover, which pulls all of the various paper types together. A multi-vocal sampler of endless possibilities, united in a single voice.

Edition: 2020
Date of publication: November 2020
Language: English
Translator: Liva Laure, Michele Hutchison
Final editor: Jo Frenken, Miek Zwamborn; Liva Laure, Miek Zwamborn (text editors)
Artist: Jo Frenken & Miek Zwamborn ism|collab Bananafish, Calipso Press, Corners Studio, Endless Editions, Gato Negro Ediciones, Hand Saw Press, Hato Press, Issue Press,, Knust, Quintal Éditions, Raum Press, Risolve, Sigrid Calon,
Publisher: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Available through: Jan van Eyck Academie
Graphic designer: Jan van Ecyk Printing & Publishing Lab (Maastricht)
Lithographer: Jan van Eyck Printing & Publishing Lab et al., Maastricht
Printer: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Binder: Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
Book producer: Jan van Eyck Printing & Publishing Lab, Maastricht
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 170 x 230 x 20
Number of pages: 256
Print run: 200
Price: € 75
Font and foundry: Cochin (Linotype)
Binding style: Unsewn softcover; cold-glued
Paper for interior (grammage): 80gsm and 100 gsm Eos 2.0, 60gsm IBO One and several other papertypes from different continents, Igepa et al.
Endpapers (grammage): 80gsm Colorado, (remaining stock from own warehouse)
Material cover (grammage): 300gsm Munken Pure Rough, Antalis
Special features: Front and back cover with elevated blind embossing; work of different artists printed by 17 Risograph printers around the world; compiled by Jan van Ecyk Printing & Publishing Lab. Printing: Riso print